This morning we drove to Ferndene Farm Shop for three bags of all Purpose compost.
Jackie explored the rows of plants on sale as she also bought some trailing lobelias, and
found time to encourage one of the resident pigs, which was labouring somewhat, to step up to the trough for a drink.
On our way home we took a short diversion through the forest. Like the New Forest itself it has been some time since the title ‘new’ was applicable to the first of these lanes; the second avoids the problem of nomenclature by not having any.
Ponies dotted around the moors en route to Burley.
As in the lanes above the foliage of Holmsley Passage bore an almost luminescent glow.
Late this afternoon Giles picked me up at home and drove me to the bird hide at Milford on Sea where we spent a pleasant hour in a very crowded cabin watching the birds.
One black headed gull was fascinated by his reflection in the shallow water;
others shared Hurst Pond with shelducks and swans.
For serious birders the highlight was 31 black tailed godwits, their long legs beneath the surface.
We think this might be a snipe, but it had its back to us so we could not discern the length of its beak.
A pied wagtail trotted along much nearer the hide.
Giles stayed on for dinner which consisted of roast lamb; mashed potato and swede; Yorkshire pudding; crunchy carrots; firm cauliflower; and tender runner beans, with rich gravy. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and our friend and I chose Mora Vista Merlot Bonarda 2018.